Yes, you heard it right! Amazingly, we’ll be camping right on the ocean in the Gulf of Mexico! We have secured the group site which is only 50 ft off ocean in the beautiful and remote St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in Florida. Consistently rated as one of the top beaches in the US, this undiscovered Gem has miles of untouched white sand beaches with some of the highest dunes in the nation, plus one of the last unspoiled natural coastal wildernesses to explore. Biking, boating, canoeing and kayaking are also favorite activities to do, so bring your own or you can rent them there.
Now imagine with me for a moment… setting up your lounge chair, opening up your Bible and having your Quiet-time while watching the beauty of one of God’s spectacular sunrises or sunsets over the ocean… now add the tranquil sounds of the rolling waves. Yeah boy! This could potentially be a life changing experience!
The Locals told me that most years those first days in March are in the 80's, so that is what we'll hope and pray for. Additionally, there is no moon during the time we’re there, and this is one of the darkest places in Florida away from light pollution, so stargazing should be blockbuster! CANNOT WAIT!!!
NEW TO ECHO: Now if you are thinking, “I really don’t know anyone and this could be awkward”, I promise you, we will welcome you with open arms, and you will leave the weekend knowing almost everyone and feeling exceedingly blessed. So come join us for an incredible time of fun and fellowship while soaking up God’s amazing wonders.
AGENDA: Beach and wilderness hikes, campfire devotionals, great meals, worship music, roasting marshmallows, organized connecting, relaxation and just a beautiful time of community together, and if the Lord allows, some great wildlife sightings and amazing sunrises and sunsets.
WHEN: Friday Feb 28 – Sunday Mar 2 (3pm is checkout)
WE ARE ON RAIN OR SHINE
BATHROOMS: Yes, there are warm showers in the park!
SPOTS ARE LIMITED AND MAY GO QUICKLY
(Includes all camping fees, meals, snacks and drinks)
COST: $149.95 Friday - Sunday
(add $39.95 additional for Thursday arrival)
(Includes Dinner Thursday- Chili with Mac&Cheese and Friday Breakfast - Cereal)
WAITING LIST: http://tinyurl.com/stjoe2014waitinglist
Sunday check-out is at 3pm (no rush to leave on Sunday)
NOTE: If you register and do not render payment, you are NOT confirmed. If Paypal times you out, you will have to either use another email address or contact us so we can delete your existing incomplete registration and re-register.
REFUNDS: Reservations are Non-refundable after Friday Feb 14th. Unfortunately, last minute cancellations have been very hard to refill. We will have a waiting list and will handle the exchange of payment “prior to that cutoff date”. After that date, it will need to be done personally with the person taking your spot.
FRIDAY LEAVE: 4am Friday morn to beat Atlanta traffic - arrive around noon.
THURSDAY LEAVE: 8am - arrive at 4pmish
PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE AFTER SUNSET 5:30PM!!! GATE IS LOCKED.
ADDRESS: St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in Florida (aka T.H. Stone Memorial)
8899 Cape San Blas Rd - Port St. Joe, Fl 32456
THOSE DATING: If you are dating and you are both attending, we ask you to be considerate of the other singles and refrain from romantic displays of affection.
HIKING LEVEL- D1-D2. Hiking rain or shine. Some hills and distance and can be challenging hiking in sugar sand.
PREPARE FOR BOTH COOL & WARM TEMPS! Possibility of Day temps to be 60-80, Night 40-65. There really is no reason for you to be miserable if you prepare.
WHAT TO BRING: Warm jacket/ hat/gloves, 2 pairs of shoes in case one gets wet. Long and Short Pants, Long and Short Sleeve Shirts, Sleeping Bag, PAD (NO BIGGER THAN A TWIN), extra blanket for around the fire or around sleeping bag if needed, Pillow, Flashlight, Jacket, Rain coat, daypack, towel, toiletries, camera, Bible.
OPTIONAL TO BRING: Hiking poles, Camp chair, Bug spray, Sunblock, swimsuit, wetsuit, snorkel.
TENTS: We have enough room if you want to bring your own. If you have a big tent, please bring it for others to bunk in.
WHAT NOT TO BRING: Animals and anything that makes noise while we sleep.
FOOD MENU: (menu subject to change)
•Friday 1:30pm Lunch: Sandwiches with all the fix’ins and snacks. Dinner: Make your own Burrito’s with all the fixings with beans and Rice.
• Saturday Breakfast- Wraps with Bacon and Eggs and Grits. Lunch: Sandwiches with all the fix’ins with snacks: Dinner: Spaghetti with meat sauce with salad.
•Sunday - Pancakes.
DRINKS/SNACKS: We provide coffee/cream/milk, tea, hot chocolate, Orange Juice, soft drinks, water, fruit, chips and cookies, smores.
CARPOOLING: is the best way to meet and get to know people!
Please coordinate in advance using Facebook by posting how many you can take in your vehicle, time and location…Or if you're not on FB, contact [masked] with your information and she will post it for others to respond to help you get carpooled.
Parking at someone's house is best, but…Keep in mind, we have set these points up as a convenience, there are NO DESIGNATED PERSONS heading them up.
FRIDAY Morning leave:
• ALPHARETTA - North Point Community Church 4:00am and meet on far right side near rear.
• CUMMING - Browns Bridge Community Church 3:30am and meet and park in rear of building. • GWINNET- Park & Ride on Hwy 20 and I-985 at 4:00am.
ROUND TRIP FUEL COSTS: If you are a rider, please share fuel costs with the driver. $40 per person.
TRAVEL TIME FROM ATL: Realistically: 8-9 hours driving with bathroom and food stops. (7+ hours drive (non-stop) from Alpharetta without traffic).
MUST ARRIVE before 5:30PM (Gate is locked)
LOST: Call the Ranger Station[masked]
KEEP IN MIND: that there are always dangerous elements when out in nature: Cliffs, weather, water, animals, insects, reptiles, falling limbs or rocks, Poison Ivy, Oak, Sumac, etc. Trails may be un-maintained, slippery, icy, rocky and have steep embankments. Shoes may get muddy or wet. Many times the woods are your only bathroom.
WAIVER: By attending, each person assumes all responsibility and liability for themselves and their actions and hereby releases Echo Ministries, its employees, directors, officers, agents, and volunteers from any and all liability resulting from any loss, injury, illness, damages, or death, while attending, participating or volunteering in this event. If you make payment for someone else, make sure that they receive this information and they understand and agree to all aspects of it, otherwise you’re responsible for them.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: [masked][masked] or Will Illg at[masked] [masked]
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